[Tagging] railway=rail vs. railway=subway

Greg Troxel gdt at lexort.com
Wed Nov 23 14:09:24 UTC 2016

Michael Tsang <miklcct at gmail.com> writes:

> - Railway with long distance and commuter trains: railway=rail


> - Railway with metro services only: railway=subway


> - Railway with street intersection: railway=light_rail

I don't follow this.  light rail is about the cars being lighter and
perhaps the rails being built to a lower weight limit, and it isn't
about grade crossings.  Around me there is real rail with fll-sized
enginers and is fully freight capable that has level crossings.
Definteliy not light_rail because of crossings.

> - Railway mainly with tracks embedded on the street: railway=tram


One of the tricky things, as Bill Ricker points out downthread, is
Boston's Green line.  This is fundamentally light rail. Sometimes it
runs in tunnels.  Sometimes it runs in a fenced-off median but does have
level crossings.  These are controlled by stoplights (for both train and
cars), rather than train-priority crossing gates.  And sometimes it runs
on tracks in the street where cars also drive.
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